Should celebrities face personal liability for the misbehavior of their security details? This issue may figure prominently in a lawsuit filed recently against stand up comedian Kevin Hart. The outcome of the case may impact the way many celebrities screen their security personnel and staff members.
A Personal Injury Lawsuit
A Kevin Hart fan named Jay Collins recently filed a lawsuit against the entertainer. The suite alleges Mr. Collins received a VIP invitation to attend a performance by Kevin Hart in Philadelphia on August 9, 2015. Yet instead of enjoying the show, he reportedly sustained a beating and severe humiliation.
The plaintiff contends members of the security detail at the stadium sought him out and placed him under detention. They then allegedly transferred him into the custody of the entertainer’s bodyguards, who prodded him several times with a taser and pushed him to the ground. He claims the bodyguards struck him and sought to humiliate him verbally also. The suit seeks damages from the star in excess of $50,0000 on the grounds that he should carry ultimate responsibility for his bodyguards’ actions. Neither Kevin Hart’s attorney nor his management team chose to comment about the recent lawsuit to newspaper reporters.
A Successful Career
Born in Philadelphia in 1979, Kevin Hart has enjoyed a successful career in the entertainment industry as an actor, writer and producer. He recently performed the voice of George in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) and starred with Dwayne Johnson in the action comedy Central Intelligence (2016). Forbes lists him as one of the most highly paid comedians in the world: he earned an estimate $32.5 million last year.
Kevin Hart started his career as a shoe salesman in Brockton, Massachusetts. After he performed as an amateur stand up comedian at a night club in Philadelphia with success he decided to embark on a different line of work. He won a number of contests at comedy clubs in the New England area before receiving a television role in Undeclared (2002-2003). It helped launch his career as an entertainer in television and film productions.